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Patti Schofler

March 18, 2016

Quick Reactions Win Tests

By nature, Releve' wants to sit, flexing her hind joints like a star dressage horse. She sits getting out of the trailer. Her first time at a nearby lake, she sat like a reining horse when a boat was crossing the water toward her. And at the Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference West on March 14-15, the mare sat in an eye-popping piaffe that had the auditing judges and the conference presenters saying things like “good grief” and “wow.”

March 17, 2016

Future Stars Took Center Stage At Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference West

The demonstration riders and more than 160 auditors took quite a bit of knowledge away from the Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference West, March 14-15 at El Sueno Equestrian Center in Somis, Calif. One of the sport’s top dressage judges, FEI Judge General Stephen Clarke, was joined by FEI five-star judge Lilo Fore to lead the conference.

January 27, 2016

You Can Use Sticks And Strings To Choose A Better Dressage Horse

More than a few in the audience were surprised when dressage and sport horse breed judge Kristi Wysocki measured the length from a horse’s poll to the end of the muzzle and found it equal to the length from the withers to the elbow, and what’s more, revealed that it relates to the horse’s balance as a dressage horse.

This was one of many insights and tools shared by FEI 3* dressage and USEF ‘R’ DSHB Judge Wysocki at the Evaluating the Sport Horse Form and Function Symposium hosted by the California Dressage Society on Jan. 23-24.

October 14, 2014

Creating A Pipeline To The Top Of Dressage

The word “confidence” rang out many times—from the covered arena where Debbie McDonald coached developing rider Genay Vaughn on Donarweiss GGF and 15 minutes later the same word came across the speaker in the outdoor arena as Robert Dover reminded elite rider Dawn White O’Connor on Aristo that the greats have confidence because of the success of the work at home.

October 11, 2014

Kasey Perry Hopes The Dressage Pipeline Clinic Will Help Show Her The Way To The Top

“Pipeline” is becoming a key word in the U.S. dressage community as the sport implements a coaching module that reaches deep into the country’s resources to pump up the level of success on the world stage.

The USEF/USET Foundation Dressage Pipeline Clinic brings the three USEF national coaches together with promising competitors to aid them with meeting the challenges of the equestrian athlete. In the long term, the goal is to position the U.S. dressage team as a gold medal contender.

June 10, 2013

Dressage Scribing Goes Digital

If you’ve ever received a dressage test and spent the next hour going line by line, trying to decipher the scribbled notations and finally throwing up your hands in despair as to whether it was your horse or your circles that “cld be roundr” or “nds electy,” then you are in good company.

But you are also in luck. Now a scribe can input a judge’s scores, movement comments and further remarks into a laptop computer that scores the test with each input and sends the final result to a printer that produces an ever so neat and clean test, complete with the judge’s digital signature.

May 24, 2011

How A Virus Has Changed One County

More than 13,000 horses reside in Sonoma County, Calif., making the equine industry there second only to its world-famous wine. But the Sonoma horse community is far from a united front against the outbreak of equine herpes virus (EHV-1).

Reactions run the gamut with few people sitting on the fence.

Two Sonoma County horses attended the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship, held April 28-May 8 in Ogden, Utah, which has been pinpointed as the source of the potentially lethal virus. These two horses haven’t yet shown symptoms of the disease.

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